Laganje je loše… osim kad je u interesu Maćehe Crkve
Kad ste bili mali, majka vas je učila da nije u redu lagati. Ipak, Sveta Maćeha uči nas drugačije:
LOS ANGELES — An elderly nun, under questioning by a lawyer, recently said she could remember almost nothing about his client, a child who had been sexually molested by a Roman Catholic priest.
Lawyer Irwin Zalkin was puzzled because church records showed she had heard several complaints about the San Diego priest, and the file noted that she had reported them to higher authority.
Finally, Zalkin asked whether she was familiar with “mental reservation” — a 700-year-old doctrine by which clerics can avoid telling the truth to protect the Catholic Church.
“She explained in her own way that it is ‘to protect the church from scandal.’ She said she subscribed to the doctrine,” Zalkin said. “What are you going to do?”
Mental reservation is not sanctioned in canon law, experts say, and is infrequently invoked. But in litigation arising from clergy sex-abuse cases in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, at least half a dozen lawyers representing victims report having encountered it.
The idea goes back to times when there were two court systems: ecclesiastical, or church courts, and civil courts run by the state. Today, all disputes are settled in civil courts.
The doctrine has been used in modern times to “claim that it is morally justifiable to lie in order to protect the reputation of the institutional church,” said Thomas P. Doyle, a Virginia priest who is an expert in canon law and has been widely consulted by lawyers for people who say they were victims of abuse.
“But there were a lot of (priests) up here who did believe they don’t answer to the civil authorities, that no one but the church has the power to discipline priests.“
Doyle has noted that the oath newly minted cardinals take before the pope includes the vow that they will never tell secrets “the revelation of which could cause damage or dishonor to the Holy Church.”
Što je “časno” kod takve “časne sestre”? Zaštita Crkve od najezde povampirenih (i možda malo silovanih) maloljetnika?
Možda je sada pravi trenutak da se prisjetimo kako izgleda zakletva pred američkim sudovima:
Do you solemnly [swear or affirm] that the testimony you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth [so help you God]?
Ovo zadnje (“so help you God”) je, navodno, nedavno ukinuto. Je l’ moguće da se veliki šef naljutio zbog toga, pa više svojim službenicima ne pomaže da kažu “istinu, cijelu istinu i ništa osim istine”?